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20mph zones could be introduced to boost road safety in Bletchley

Milton Keynes City Council has shared proposals to introduce 20mph zones in residential parts of Bletchley in a bid to boost road safety.

Evidence shows that 20mph zones are an effective road safety measure. They have also been shown to cut unnecessary acceleration and braking and improve traffic flow, reducing emissions and improving local air quality.

The measure, if approved, would ultimately make it easier and more appealing for people to get around by more sustainable travel methods – including walking and cycling.

The roads included in the proposal are:

· The entire lengths of Baccara Grove, Bettina Grove, Celina Close, Chestnut Crescent, Clifford Avenue, Doreen Close, Frensham Drive, Hazel Grove, Mossmans Close, Saffron Street, Sunset Close and Willow Way

· Brooklands Road, from its junction with Water Eaton Road to its junction with Findlay Way

· Hunter Drive, from its junction with Water Eaton Road to number 67 Hunter Drive

· Water Eaton Road, from its junction with Manor Road to its junction with Duncombe Street

· Windsor Street, from its junction with Water Eaton Road to its junction with Osbourne Street

Labour Ward Councillor Emily Darlington, who represents Bletchley East, said:

“I welcome the proposals to reduce the speed limit in these built up, residential parts of Bletchley. Introducing 20mph zones would make the area safer for local families and encourage people to walk or cycle, rather than using the car. I regularly hear residents’ concerns about cars zooming through the estate, so I’m pleased to see the City Council is taking action to make Bletchley a safer place for all.”

The City Council has also unveiled proposals to introduce a 7.5 tonne weight restriction for vehicles, except for delivery access, on Duncombe Street and Water Eaton Road. This will prevent heavy goods vehicles from using the residential streets as through roads, which currently poses safety and air pollution concerns.

Consultations on the proposals are underway, and residents have until Thursday (23/3) to provide comments.


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